We read WhaleOil daily, and now that our ongoing internet problems have been sorted, we can comment there again. But we accept that Cam, aka Whale isn't everyone's cup of tea. But he sure seems to have an array of sources, and he's broken some hum-dingers of stories, beating the MSM newshounds. Not the least of these was the sordid tale of Winston Peters hanging on to his ministerial self-drive, months after we had given him the DCM.
And whilst we knew that Cam has battled depression, we didn't realise the extent of it - the S-ST notes:
"The first year was dark, very dark," recalls Slater. "I'd stay inside all day, the curtains pulled, unable to make decisions. You open the freezer and try to decide what you're going to cook for dinner, you can't even do that, so you go back to bed."
To get him out of the house, one of his mates insisted he come and work in his office, free of charge. As "an outlet, a place to let off steam", he says blogging has helped him, as do his daily workouts.
But he still battles despair, takes medication, sees a psychologist each month. Undoubtedly, the desperation of his circumstances has shaped his blogging persona.
We know what it is like to battle depression. We've been down that dark, lonely road for a not-insignificant portion of the last ten years. We commend Cam for being so open about it, even though it may leave him open to ridicule from his opponents in the blogosphere. It takes guts to get to the other side, and we wish Cam success in his personal battle.'
We can also relate to his comments about a blogging persona. We can say that the thoughts expressed here on Keeping Stock don't always reflect our mood on any given day. But being able to take on an alter-ego (or in our case, three; those of me, myself and I!) is helpful. Not only is it very therapeutic; it's also highly addictive!
So hang in there Cam, aka Whale, and don't let the buggers get away with anything!